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Karnataka’s Mithun Manjunath, a trainee of the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy, clinched Men's Singles title at the 84th Senior National Badminton Championships in Pune on February 28.
In men's singles summit clash, Orléans Masters runners-up Mithun defeated Priyanshu Rajawat 21-16 21-11 in 38 minutes to lift the coveted trophy.
Mithun's superior defence and game strategy of not allowing Rajawat to get under the shuttle often meant that the Railways shuttler was always in control. Both Mithun and Rajawat engaged in some tight battles in the initial exchanges and the latter managed to grab a 10-9 cushion at one stage but the eventual champion clinched five straight points to take the lead and race away with the game.
The second game turned into a lop-sided affair once Rajawat failed to find the winners and Mithun began getting more creative at the net. Soon it was a one-way traffic as the 24-year-old from Karnataka shut the door on his rival.